by Sandy Fahy
Photo by SANDI FAHY
Congratulations to recent high school grads Brittany Berg, Tony Sellers and Eric Carroll ... Hats off to Michael Deegan, City of Clearwater's "Employee of the Month" for May. A tip of the hat is also in order for the Fire Mechanics Shop Crew, which received the city's Team Award for May/June ... A new Board of Directors is in place at the Francis Wilson Playhouse. Officers for 2007-2008 are Byron Ellison, president; Andy Rufo, 1st vice president; Babs Bailey, 2nd vice president; Peggy Reay-Jones, secretary; and Graham Jones, treasurer. Directors are Deb A'Hearn, Bruce Black, Mary Black, David Camburn, Diana Hanger, Dr. Carole Medvesky and Michael Nangle ... "Happy Birthday" greetings are in order today for Keith Leyden, Ann Scheffer and Vicki Painter. Among those who share their June 28 birthdate are actress Kathy Bates, former football player John Elway and former baseball manager Don Baylor. Bates is 59, Elway 47. It's birthday #58 for Baylor ... Maureen Strickland, Betty Smith, Barry Porritt, actor Gary Busey, actress Sharon Lawrence and Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew turn a year older tomorrow . Busey will be 63, Lawrence 45, Killebrew 71 ... Friends and relatives will be singing "Happy Birthday" on Saturday to Mary Kruse and Herb MacLachlan ... Sunday brings the 1st day of July and the birthdays of Diane Bergner, John Howe, Chad Berry, Vickie Ahrens, Dorothy Clark, actress Pamela Anderson, actress Liv Tyler and actor Dan Aykroyd. Their special day is a national holiday in Canada. Canada Day, formerly known as Dominion Day, commemorates the confederation of Upper and Lower Canada and some of the Maritime Provinces into the Dominion of Canada in 1867 ... Be sure to extend all best birthday greetings on Monday to Martha Brown, Bud Weeden, Walter Michosin, Joanne Kerr and Carolyn Volle ... Did you know Tuesday is Marilyn Harrity's birthday? Meg Campbell, Anne Kelley, Richard Bliss, Alison Foster, Karen Frolich, Peyton Malone, actor Tom Cruise, 45, humorist Dave Barry and singer Laura Branigan also have birthdays that day. Cruise turns 45. Barry will be 60, Branigan 50 ... Bring out the cake and ice cream on the Fourth for Sandra Carpinski, Stephen Bingham, Naomi Curry, Jean Wilson, Bob Howard, John Ross, Rita Wood and Yankees owner George Michael Steinbrenner III. Steinbrenner was born in Rocky River, Ohio in 1930 ... A belated "Happy Birthday" and warmest best wishes to Louise Johnson, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 12 ... A little bird told us that Helen Hill, June Colville, Scott Scarpinato, Evelyn Brady, Gene Brown, Fred Timms, Jessica Doel, MIchael Dacier, Lindsay Alestra, Jill Henderson, Sue Cardozo, Alyson Booth, Kathy Lawrence and Jean Gordon also had birthdays earlier this month ... Library volunteer Betty David says a true friend is like a good book...to be judged by what's inside, not on the cover ... Have a safe and happy Fourth, everyone!